Today, a group of us decided to plan a trip to Leshan to visit the Giant Buddha statue. Standing at 233 feet tall it is the larges and tallest Buddha statue in the world! It was AMAZING, pictures provided below don’t do justice to the magnitude and beauty of the statue and surrounding scenery.
We had an extremely busy day. Getting to Leshan was a journey. We started the day at 8 am, first up was a 20 minute bus ride to the train station where we got on a 1 hour 45 minuet bullet train to Leshan. This was the first time riding a bullet train for most of us. I was extremely surprised at the whole experience. Our tickets were rather cheap, so I was not expecting comfortable reclining seats with lots of leg room and air conditioned cabins. As soon as we took of the train reached a speed of 250 km per hour within seconds. We were all amazed at how fast and smooth the ride was. It really made me think about our train system at home and how developing a similar system to this could completely change the way we get around, especially between major cities. After getting off the bullet train we got on another bus to get to the mountain where the Giant Buddha is hidden. Once we got there we had a couple hours to walk around and explore. Julie and I preformed a praying ritual for our ancestors. It was nice to walk around and even with all the visitors still feel at peace while walking around. The statue of the Giant Buddha was enormous. To give a small sense of size, I’m pretty sure I’m smaller than a pinky toe of the statue.
After Leshan, we took a bullet train to Chengdu to visit the wide and narrow alley. The rain didn’t stop us from walking around an exploring the traditional and cultural shops in the area. It was our first time here as well, we liked it so much we are planning a trip to go back again, with more time to spend walking around. Our long day ended with another short bullet train back the Minayang, and a taxi ride to the dorms. Happy we made it back safely, time to rest up for tomorrows adventure!